What can I do for sores in my mouth?

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JKJones (Pharmacist (Verified) ) - 11 / 08 / 2010

The treatment goal of mucositis is to relieve the discomfort and prevent infection.

First, make sure you inform your physician, because it might indicate an infection. For example, white spots in the mouth might indicate an infection.

Basic therapy and prevention of infection includes good oral hygiene, daily brushing with a soft toothbrush, and rinsing the mouth every couple of hours with a water and salt/baking soda solution. A home remedy mouthwash is to mix 3/4 teaspoon baking soda in a 16-oz container of water (use of mouthwashes containing alcohol may be painful). Regularly lubricating your lips and corners of your mouth with an unflavored lip balm (not petroleum jelly or Vaseline) may help.

Over the counter treatments for pain relief include acetaminophen liquid, Orajel, and Zilactin-B.

Over the counter treatments to encourage healing include Orabase and Ulcerase.

A 1/2 to 1 ounce antacid liquid may be taken every 3-4 hours as needed to decrease burning sensation.

Prior to chemotherapy, you may try to suck on ice chips or popsicles for 30 minutes, which may reduce the severity of mouth sores.

Medications may be prescribed to help with the discomfort, such as Lidocaine Viscous and other analgesics.

It might be difficult to eat, make sure to get the proper nutrition by eating soft foods.
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In addition to all of the above, ask your doctor about a broad spectrum probiotic. Depending on the type of cancer and medication you are taking, these can be either very helpful or not advisable if they interfere with the treatment protocol.
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